Thursday, February 15, 2007

Why oh why are we ruled by these idiots? IIa

Bob Krumm, a politcal blogger from Tennessee, posted his view of Governor Jim Doyle's brilliant new tax proposal. Definitely worth reading:

Send a dachshund in after this badger

[Wisonsin Governor] Jim Doyle will unveil a tax on oil companies on Tuesday but will bar the firms from passing it on to consumers.

As soon as I read that I said to myself, “I bet that this guy has never worked a day in his life outside of government.”

So I checked his biography and found this:
Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s call to public service, after college the Governor and First Lady worked for two years as teachers in Tunisia, Africa in the Peace Corps. After he graduated from law school, the Governor and First Lady moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona to work as an attorney and teacher, respectively.

In 1976, Governor Doyle was elected Dane County District Attorney and served three terms from 1977-82.

Up to this point in his life, it looks like Gov. Doyle is the stereotypical career bureaucrat whose lack of real world life experiences might allow him to believe that businesses could absorb extra expenses, like higher taxes, while overall costs remained steady. But then there was this:
When he left that office, he spent eight years building his own private law practice . . .

What? Did he not learn in those eight years that for a business owner to stay in business, he has to pay all of his expenses and still sell his product for more than it costs to produce it?

Apparently he did learn, because he said this just last November:
People ought to understand the sales tax is a tax on people it’s not a tax on business. . . So when you say you’re going to take away [a sales tax] exemption, you’re not talking about a business. You’re saying individual people are going to pay a sales tax and I’m not in favor of that.

Of course, when he said that, he was talking about the sales tax exemption that Wisconsin has long bestowed to certain services–including legal services. You see, he knows that businesses don’t pay taxes. People do. He especially knows that when it’s his business that’s being taxed.

I say all this somewhat tongue-in-cheek. One doesn’t get to be governor of a state not knowing how the real world works–even if he had spent his entire life in bureacracy and politics. However, Governor Doyle apparently thinks that Cheeseheads won’t be able to figure out how the world works, and that they will accept his assurances that the price of gas won’t rise even as the tax on gas increases.

If Wisconsin pols are able to do it, they should attach to the Governor’s bill a tax on legal fees in the same amount that Gov. Doyle wants to tax oil companies. Then they could just sit back and watch how fast that badger backs out of his hole.

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